August 10, 2011

Quotes of the Day

Pulled from the bottom of White House spokesman Jay Carney's briefing:
QUESTION: A spokesman for President Saleh of Yemen said today that he will be returning to Sana’a soon. Does that mean that Jon Brennan’s efforts to persuade him to stay in Saudi Arabia and to sign a deal has failed?

MR. CARNEY: Well, again, I think -- I don't have a comment on what he said he was going to do. Our position on Yemen and the need for a transition there hasn’t changed.

QUESTION: He's returning, and you wanted him to sign a deal.

MR. CARNEY: Well, we continue to believe that he should honor the obligations he made and the promises he made to begin that transition.

Carney last mentioned Yemen on June 17th.


  1. I am still of the opinion that Saudi Arabia is running this show.

    How soon before the O Team and NATO declare that Syria needs some of that good ol fashioned " Neoliberal Humanitarian Aid Regime Change".
    Shillary and Israel can not wait to pull the trigger on Syria.

    The importance of Damascus in the Muslim world goes way back.

  2. I would say Yemen is 60-40, 70-30 Saudi/U.S. Not entirely out of Washington's control but still outweighed by Riyadh.

    Syria is also being used to coverup U.S. policy in Yemen and I expect something to that effect at any moment. Obama and Hillary fear Yemen and love Syria; hopefully will have an article up soon to highlight this double-standard. I think the Saudis delayed so long on Syria because of being caught on Yemen and Bahrain. The King's omission of the latter states did not go unnoticed across the Middle East.